Chrome For Android Gets A Substantial Update

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Android users who prefer to browse the Web using Google Chrome will be pleased to know that the browser has received a hefty update today. Chrome 25 for Android contains the following new features and enhancements:

  • Improved scrolling performance
  • Increased responsiveness to pinch-zooming on pages
  • Faster interactive pages thanks to the latest version of the V8 javascript engine
  • Audio now continues to play while Chrome is in the background
  • Expanded support for HTML5 features
  • Support for pausing audio in Chrome when phone is in use (note: this requires an additional permission)
  • Google notes that Chrome 25 for Android also includes "important stability and performance fixes" along with minor UI adjustments.

    For those who want to try out the future of Chrome, Google has also released a beta version of Chrome for Android. It can be run alongside the stable channel release for testing purposes, just like Firefox for Android.

    Unfortunately, there's no word on when Chrome for iOS will be updated. The last update came on December 20 of last year. It shouldn't be too long, however, until iOS users get to bask in the light of increased mobile browsing speeds.

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